“We are honored to welcome Ronald Fong to our foundation team,” said CSU Board of Governors Chair Ronald Barhorst. “He has an exceptional history of leadership and will bring a valuable business perspective to the board. We look forward to his insight as we continue to grow our endowment to serve the CSU and the state of California.”
The CSU Board of Governors oversees the CSU Foundation: the university’s central foundation that aims to strengthen the financial capacity of the CSU and broaden access to a high quality education. The Board represents a cross-section of business, community, cultural and educational leaders with a shared commitment to uphold and advance the mission and goals of the university.
“This is a tremendous honor,” said Fong of his election. “I am a proud alumni of the CSU system and hold a unique perspective on understanding both the food business and the university’s mission. I look forward to contributing to the Board and helping to guide the Foundation. Because of the success of our own very successful Foundation, I can forsee symmetries and partnerships between the two organizations”.
In 2008, Fong was named President and CEO of the California Grocers Association and the CGA Educational Foundation. During his tenure, he has guided the successful merger of the California Independent Grocers Association into CGA; strengthened the Association’s government relations program; directed the purchase of a new office building in downtown Sacramento; and oversaw the development and completion of an Association reserve fund. In 2015, Fong received the Donald H. McManus Award from the Food Marketing Institute, the highest recognition for a state grocery association executive.